What’s the best thing about planning a trip?
I enjoy the route planning almost as much as the drive itself. I can happily spend hours staring at a map. Get the old road atlas out, get the big folding paper ones off the shelf, seek out the green spaces around you, find the empty bits, the bumpy bits. Even the planning can transport you somewhere else. It’s an activity that can be deeply mindful and enjoyable.
What else would you recommend people take out on a drive?
I like to plan myself a nice picnic lunch. A sandwich, a hard-boiled egg perhaps a delicious sausage roll (my local farm shop Honeywells does one that is famous across Lancashire), and flask of hot coffee or tea. The picnic means I can stop where I choose, I like nothing better than sitting to enjoy a bite of lunch in a spectacular location. This is proper eating out.
And I don’t go anywhere without a camera (not a phone) because I love to document the places I’ve enjoyed, and because being disconnected from the rest of the world for a couple of hours seems to do the mind a world of good.